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New Jersey/New York Hazardous Materials Worker Training Center

WETP Cooperative Agreement Awardee

Principal Investigator / Institution

Audrey R. Gotsch
Tel (732) 235-5505
Fax (732) 235-5466
School of Public Health
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
683 Hoes Lane West, Room 314
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

Program Contact

Mitchel A. Rosen
Tel (732) 235-9452
Fax (732) 235-5469
School of Public Health
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
683 Hoes Lane West, Room 115
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

Target Training Populations


The Center targets workers in New Jersey, New York and Puerto Rico who conduct hazardous waste site investigations or cleanup operations at Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)/treatment, storage and disposal (TSD) facilities, and emergency response activities, as well as healthcare workers. Additionally, minority youth in the New York City and Newark, New Jersey, areas are targeted for the Minority Worker Training Program.

Program Description

The New Jersey/New York Hazardous Materials Worker Training Center (NJ/NY HMWTC) provides training under the Hazardous Waste Worker Training Program (HWWTP), the Hazmat Disaster Preparedness Training Program (HDPTP), and the Minority Worker Training Program (MWTP). Through the training programs, workers acquire knowledge and skills to protect themselves and their communities from exposure to hazardous materials that may be encountered during activities involving hazardous materials and waste generation, removal, containment, transportation and/or emergency response. Guided by a 15-member Advisory Board, the training is consistent with the objectives of Healthy People 2020 to reduce disability, morbidity and mortality from work-related injuries. For each program area, the NJ/NY HMWTC has established relationships with the target populations and represents unions, academia, labor, private and public sectors.

A major objective of the Center is to prevent and reduce disability, morbidity and mortality due to potential risks during hazardous waste operations and emergency response through effective health and safety training. Additionally, this Center aims to improve the systematic collection, analysis and dissemination of data to increase the understanding of health status among various populations, especially underrepresented minorities, in Federal Region II. With thousands of Federal and State Superfund sites in Region II, where cleanup is either planned or in progress, the need for health and safety training for workers in this Region is clearly demonstrated.  All Center members participate in the HWWTP and include Rutgers, The State University of  New Jersey (RU), CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, New Jersey State Police (NJSP), New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), New York Carpenters Labor Technical College, the University at Buffalo and the Universidad Metropolitana (UMET).

Program objectives for the MWTP are to prepare and place underrepresented minorities in the expanding area of environmental cleanup, assessment and construction. Center members for this program are RU, New York Carpenters Labor Technical College, and community-based organizations (CBOs).  The MWTP program trains underrepresented minorities from the New York City and Newark, NJ, areas in a comprehensive 16-week training program, preparing them to conduct a range of environmental work, especially with the unionized trades.  The MWTP supports a comprehensive approach that blends job training, support services, community involvement, environmental awareness and workforce development with redevelopment strategies.  The Program consistently secures jobs for over 80% of the Program graduates. Additional support for the Program has also been awarded through other sponsors such as the Newark Mayor's Office of Employment and Training in partnership with the Prudential Foundation and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.  In addition, with unemployment and under-employment reported as critical concerns facing returning military personnel, a modified MWTP to train veterans was initiated in 2012.  Known as the NJ Jobs4Vets program, the training program has been designed to prepare veterans for employment in the fields of environmental remediation and restoration, disaster preparedness and construction.

Under the HDPTP, Center members include RU, Hunter College, NYCOSH, the University at Buffalo and UMET. The goal of the program is to provide training in disaster preparedness to public sector and union representatives. The NJ/NY HMWTC provides training to meet the needs of workers responding to WMD incidents and other disasters such as what we experienced in this Region following the 9/11/2001 event as well as Hurricane Sandy in November 2012. In addition, Puerto Rico is significantly impacted annually by natural disasters including hurricanes, tropical storms and earthquakes. The objective of this project is to increase the number of workers prepared to respond to future terrorist attacks or national disasters including environmental response workers, skilled construction personnel, and healthcare workers.

Project Duration

  • August 1, 2010 - July 31, 2015

Grant Numbers

  • U45ES06179

Other Participating Organizations

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